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NMSU researcher joins U.S.-India initiative on water management

CLOVIS - New Mexico State University crop physiologist Sangu Angadi joined other water experts from universities across the country, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and private businesses in a water management workshop last month in New Delhi, India.

Sangu Angadi, a crop physiologist at New Mexico State University's Agricultural Science Center at Clovis, was one of 19 U.S. delegates selected to participate in a U.S.-India water management workshop. (NMSU photo by Darrell J. Pehr)

Angadi is an assistant professor in NMSU's Plant and Environmental Sciences Department, based at the Agricultural Science Center at Clovis. He and the others from the U.S. attended the three-day workshop held in cooperation with the Indian Council of Agricultural Research along with 45 professionals from India.

Their goal is to develop a technical program in five identified focus areas under the U.S.-India Agricultural Knowledge Initiative started by President George W. Bush during his 2005 visit to India.

The focus areas include assessment and management of agricultural drought; water quality, waste water management and rehabilitation; soil-water-plant interactions; use of modern tools in water management; and sustainable use of groundwater resources.

"Each of these focus areas is equally valuable for efficient management of water resources in New Mexico," Angadi said.

U.S. and Indian scientists identified and prioritized projects during the meeting and recommended them to ICAR and USDA for implementation.

"The resulting research collaboration from this workshop is ultimately expected to benefit New Mexico producers," Angadi said. "Like most other U.S. delegates, I used the occasion to visit a number of agricultural institutes and interact with scientists and students through presentations and field visits."

The Agricultural Knowledge Initiative was announced by President Bush and Prime Minister Singh in July 2005 and was formally launched in November 2005, according to a news release from the U.S. Embassy in India.

"It seeks to revitalize agricultural collaboration between the two countries and focuses on university capacity building, food processing and marketing, biotechnology and water management," said the news release.

Key objectives of the program include raising agricultural productivity through technology transfer, including biotechnology; expanding U.S.-India trade and investment by policy and regulatory capacity building; ensuring a key role for the Indian and U.S. private sectors; and re-invigorating the U.S.-India university-to-university partnerships, according to the news release.

Prior to joining NMSU in 2005, Angadi served as research associate at the University of Manitoba-Winnipeg, Canada. He also worked as a contract scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, an organization similar to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He is a member of the Crop Science Society of America.

Angadi is a native of Karnataka in southern India. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees in agronomy from the University of Agricultural Sciences in Bangalore, India. He received a doctorate in plant science from the University of Manitoba.